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Fire on the track : Betty Robinson and the triumph of the early Olympic women

Author: Roseanne Montillo
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"The inspiring and irresistible true story of the women who broke barriers and finish-line ribbons in pursuit of Olympic Gold When Betty Robinson assumed the starting position at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, she was participating in what was only her fourth-ever organized track meet. She crossed the finish line as a gold medalist and the fastest woman in the world. This improbable athletic phenom was an
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Montillo, Roseanne.
Fire on the track.
New York : Crown, [2017]
(DLC) 2017008783
(OCoLC)970036037
Named Person: Betty Robinson; Betty Robinson
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Roseanne Montillo
ISBN: 9781101906170 1101906170
OCLC Number: 1006731245
Description: 1 online resource (285 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents: Prologue --
Part one. Amsterdam, 1928 --
On track --
A new arrival --
A new pair of shoes --
The debut --
Off to the races --
Off to the games --
The SS President Roosevelt --
Queen of the track --
A new Babe in town --
Welcome home --
Part two. Los Angeles, 1932 --
Flying high --
Summer woes --
California dreaming --
Go west, young woman, go west --
Part three. Berlin, 1936 --
The Nazi games --
Rebound --
Off to Berlin --
Phenoms --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Roseanne Montillo.

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"The inspiring and irresistible true story of the women who broke barriers and finish-line ribbons in pursuit of Olympic Gold When Betty Robinson assumed the starting position at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, she was participating in what was only her fourth-ever organized track meet. She crossed the finish line as a gold medalist and the fastest woman in the world. This improbable athletic phenom was an ordinary high school student, discovered running for a train in rural Illinois mere months before her Olympic debut. Amsterdam made her a star. But at the top of her game, her career (and life) almost came to a tragic end when a plane she and her cousin were piloting crashed. So dire was Betty's condition that she was taken to the local morgue; only upon the undertaker's inspection was it determined she was still breathing. Betty, once a natural runner who always coasted to victory, soon found herself fighting to walk. While Betty was recovering, the other women of Track and Field were given the chance to shine in the Los Angeles Games, building on Betty's pioneering role as the first female Olympic champion in the sport. These athletes became more visible and more accepted, as stars like Babe Didrikson and Stella Walsh showed the world what women could do. And--miraculously--through grit and countless hours of training, Betty earned her way onto the 1936 Olympic team, again locking her sights on gold as she and her American teammates went up against the German favorites in Hitler's Berlin. Told in vivid detail with novelistic flair, Fire on the Track is an unforgettable portrait of these trailblazers in action"--

"A group portrait of the female track stars who won gold at the Olympics--in 1928, 1932, and 1936--breaking barriers for female athletes and overcoming personal odds"--

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